Merton residents can stay warm and cosy this winter with a new scheme to cut the cost of heating and make their homes more energy efficient.
Merton Council and London Warm Zone are looking at the level of insulation in homes and its effectiveness. Older properties are of most concern and may need extra work to protect people from the elements.
A team of experts is offering free assessments to homeowners and private tenants across the borough to determine if residents qualify for financial help.
Homeowners, regardless of their income, could receive a grant of up to 75% of the cost of the work and people who are over the age of 65 or receiving state benefits may be able to have the work done free of charge.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Diane Neil Mills, says: “We are working with London Warm Zone to ensure residents in the London Borough of Merton stay warm this winter. It is important that people know there is help available for those who need it.”
The Director of London Warm Zone, Jim O’Sullivan, supports the councillor’s comments: “We urge all homeowners to find out if the insulation of their home could be improved as it will not only give your home a better energy efficiency rating but also help lower your fuel bills.”
Notes to editors:
· All grants and discounts are subject to funding.
· To book a home energy assessment residents can call: 0800 587 2251
· London Warm Zone is a not-for-profit organisation that works with councils and EDF Energy
· For more information see the London Warm Zones website: http://www.londonwarmzones.co.uk